Research identifies common reasons and coping mechanisms for depression that increases during the holidays.
A recent study found that 45% of Americans report that spending time alone is the best way for them to manage their depression during the holiday season.
In the study, behavioral health and personal development provider All Points North (APN) Lodge polled 1000 adults in the United States across all demographics about the effects of their depression on them during the holidays and the ways they manage these effects. Of the participants, 46% said they were depressed, and 67% of those with depression said their depression increases during the holidays. The poll also asked participants what triggers their depression during the holidays: 55% reported financial issues, 50% reported the loss of a family member or close friend, and 47% reported comparing themselves to others or seeing other individuals who appear to be happier.1
In terms of managing their depression, while the majority of participants reported spending time alone, nearly a third (31%) reported drinking alcohol and/or using drugs; 32% of younger participants—members of Gen Z—reported journaling and writing; and 25% said they do not have a healthy way of managing it at all. When asked about their goals for 2022, 42% of participants reported that they have a mental health goal for the new year. Some of these goals included better alignment in mind, body, and soul (64%); seeking mental health treatment (29%); finding alternative ways to treat or manage their mental health issues (25%); and staying sober (22%).1
“The nation is still experiencing depression and trauma from the events that took place these past few years, and the holidays will bring that out even more for some,” said Noah Nordheimer, CEO of APN Lodge, in a press release. “In fact, for many, this time of year is extremely challenging; seasonal and holiday depression are more common than most think. But we are hopeful that if we continue to destigmatize mental health issues, we can ensure that people will have access to the best solutions and therapies for their particular challenge.”
1. Spending quality time alone is Americans’ top method for managing depression, reveals All Points North Lodge research. News Release. All Points North Lodge. December 2, 2021. Accessed December 16, 2021.